2023 State of the Duke Climate Commitment

One year into this initiative, we report on the programming, events and funding opportunities that have furthered Duke’s actions toward a resilient, flourishing, carbon-neutral world.
In the year since the Climate Commitment’s launch, and following $36 million in inaugural gifts, work across all parts of campus has helped Duke leverage its proven expertise across five pillars to ensure our work has local, global and regional impact.

The Duke Climate Commitment is a university-wide, impact-oriented initiative to address the climate crisis by creating sustainable and equitable solutions that place society on the path toward a resilient, flourishing, carbon-neutral world. Through education, research, external engagement and campus operations, the Duke Climate Commitment seeks to imagine, design and implement a sustainable future for all.


Forever Learning Institute presents "The Energy Transformation"

The summer of 2023 — the hottest on Earth since 1880 — warns of a coming future. Research and industry leaders must come together to innovate solutions and address this crisis in novel ways. Inspired by Duke’s Climate Commitment, join fellow alumni as we learn about transforming our energy and how Duke is leading the way.

Faculty Invited to Join UNIV 102: "Let's Talk About Climate Change at Duke"

Duke faculty from all schools and teaching levels are invited to participate in the third iteration of UNIV 102: “Let’s Talk About Climate Change at Duke” in Fall 2024. We are seeking Climate Change Faculty Fellows to provide diverse perspectives and enhance the student experience. Apply Before Feb. 22.

From Billions to Trillions: Federal Funding as a Catalyst for Private Investment

A one-day summit on Feb. 28 will bring public officials, business leaders, and Duke University faculty together to share insights on how the influx of federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS Act, and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will impact and stimulate private green investment.

New Research Funding Available: Environmental and Climate Justice in the Carolinas

The fourth annual installment of grants for scholarship related to racial and social equity, this year’s grants are made possible by generous support from The Duke Endowment and are being run by the Office for Faculty Advancement, the Office of Durham & Community Affairs, the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Office of Climate and Sustainability. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2024.

Climate Research Innovation Seed Program Announces 2024 Request for Proposals

Returning for a second year and open to all Duke faculty and research staff, the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability is now accepting proposals for the 2024 round of Climate Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP) grants. Applications are due by Feb. 26, 2024.

Subscribe to the Duke Climate Commitment Newsletter

The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all. Current Duke-affiliated students, staff- and faculty can subscribe to the official Duke Climate Commitment biweekly newsletter.

A Timeline of Climate at Duke

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Engaging the entire Duke community is a critically important facet of our commitment to address the climate crisis. Find out how you can get involved.